Occupy Nanaimo To Be Caged!

NEWS FLASH: Occupy Nanaimo is scheduled to be fenced in tomorrow morning (Saturday) at the back-end of Diana Krall Plaza where the encampment has been temporarily relocated at the request of downtown businesses who are staging a Trick-or-Treat event for kids in the front part of the Plaza.  (The food tent and other main parts of the Occupy Nanaimo camp had been located at the front of the Plaza).

And yes, the City is apparently going to erect a barricade to keep the occupiers caged like wild animals in a zoo (even worse analogies come to mind). Appalling! (Update: The City’s barricade may have more to do with keeping local kids out of tents than caging in the occupiers. Still not a pleasant site or message – a caged encampment.)

Any tangible show of support for the camp and its occupants tomorrow would be particularly appreciated. Use the City’s barricade as a billboard for more signs. Or go down in costume and join the caged campers…

In the famous words of the Situationists (Paris, 1968): “All power to the imagination!”

About Kim Goldberg

Kim Goldberg is an award-winning poet and journalist and the author of 7 books. Latest titles: UNDETECTABLE (her Hep C journey in haibun), RED ZONE (poems of homelessness) and RIDE BACKWARDS ON DRAGON: a poet's journey through Liuhebafa. She lives in Nanaimo, BC. Contact: goldberg@ncf.ca
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9 Responses to Occupy Nanaimo To Be Caged!

  1. jenincanada says:

    UPDATE! The RCMP were contacted and the fences are only to be used to keep kids out of the tented area, not pen in the Occupiers. This is definitely a step in the right direction.

  2. Thanks for the update in Nanaimo Kim, it appears that even here in Calgary the protesters are being pushed around a bit but it seems mostly by one person who is very high up the ladder at parks & rec. I’m hearing that moving the protesters by force could end up in a charter of rights issue and cost municipal governments trhousands in court costs if challenged by the protesters.
    Keep up the great work Kim

  3. Sanlin says:

    Thanks for letting everyone know, Kim! I may have to rise up off my sick bed, like a Halloween specter, and go down to DKP to stand with all of our people. I should look scary enough, anyway, after having a bad cold for many days. LOL I may bring my camera down, if I’m well enough to show up. I want to tell people about a sneaky, greedy trick that one of our local corporations is playing on its customers (I’ve already posted about it on my Facebook page)… and I have some donations/supplies to drop off for our camp.

  4. Sanlin says:

    At the same time, I do support working with the city of Nanaimo and local community so that everyone can use and enjoy DKP as a public space and place to hold events and festivities. It may be a boon for us and another way to positively engage with local citizens in a fun, friendly atmosphere (apart from the caging part. 😉 )

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